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SF & Fantasy

Authors Give Advice To Younger Selves


A few days ago, I saw this Tweet: “Semi-colons! Argh! Should have learned to use them right sooner.”

I decided to ask authors what advice they’d give their younger writing selves. Some great stuff here!

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Star Wars

Kevin Hearne On Voice & Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi


hearne-heirtothejediKevin Hearne is excellent at voice and creating real-sounding characters.

This is something he learned. And here’s part of how he learned it!

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SF & Fantasy

Tomorrow: Watch Brandon Sanderson Write


photo-brandonsandersonAuthor Brandon Sanderson is taking part in Patrick Rothfuss’s Worldbuilders charity event.

And tomorrow, in support of Pat, you can literally watch Brandon write a story—and help him do it! Make the jump to learn more!

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SF & Fantasy

Video: Brandon Sanderson Reads Words of Radiance


sanderson-wordsBestselling author Brandon Sanderson stopped by Seattle, WA on October 14, 2013 in support of his new book, Steelheart!

Brandon talks about how Steelheart came to be, reads from 2014’s Words of Radiance and Shadows of Self, and between the readings he answers questions from his audience! Make the jump to watch video!

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SF & Fantasy

Poll: Have You Read a Book On Writing?


brooks-sometimesThe new Friday poll!

Some of you like to write. Have you read a book on writing? Any favorites? Did you find them helpful? More after the jump!

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SF & Fantasy

Video: Rothfuss, Brett, Carey & Redick on Sex In Fantasy


taylor-rothfussI love Patrick Rothfuss and that amazing technicolor dreamcoat beard of his.

That said, I love more what he is doing with Storyboard, a monthly video craft of writing chat that includes some of the best writers working. This month, the topic is Writing Fantastic Sex. The chatters? Patrick, Jacqueline Carey, Peter V. Brett, and Robert V. S. Redick! Make a jump and enjoy the topic!

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SF & Fantasy

Gifts For the Geek: Day 6: Sometimes the Magic Works


brooks-sometimesDay 6 is here!

Gifts For the Geek continues it holiday run and today is a gift for the geek writer in your life!

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SF & Fantasy

Story Board: Patrick Rothfuss & Friends


The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick RothfussBestselling author and bearded wunderkind Patrick Rothfuss has begun a video series on Google+ devoted to the craft of writing, the fantasy genre, and anything else that crosses his mind. Along with a few other writers, he hopes to bring knowledge, wisdom, and strawberry-smelling goodness to millions.

A few nights ago, he even convinced Terry Brooks to join in the talk! More after the jump!

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SF & Fantasy

Terry Brooks Has A New Book In His Hand


brooks-wardsAuthors go through one helluva publication process.

But when they first place hands on the physical book, it is a great day.

Here is Terry Brooks with his first copy of Wards of Faerie!

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SF & Fantasy

A Pair of Terry Brooks Interviews


brooks-wardsWards of Faerie by Terry Brooks hits shelves August 21st!

To celebrate this first book of a brand new trilogy, Terry has been accepting interviews for the last few weeks. Those interviews are starting to be posted!

Make the jump to read two excerpts with links to the complete interviews!

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